There is no “right time” for a headache, but they can occur at what may seem like the worst possible moments. Chronic headaches can limit your ability to concentrate at work, and they can make it difficult to relax. You may be suffering headaches due to ongoing jaw troubles (your jaw joints are operated by your trigeminal nerve, which also controls sensation in your face, neck, and head). If this is the case, the problem could be with your habit of grinding your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep (a problem known as bruxism), you can develop TMJ issues, and experience regular pain. You also face the real risk you will develop dental damage, which can be serious enough to call for restorative care.
Understanding The Threat Of Bruxism
Bruxism can make you wake up experiencing pain or sensitivity, but there are longer-lasting issues, potentially permanent ones (if you do not seek help from your dentist). Damage to teeth is a real possibility. Chips and cracks can occur, which may need to be addressed in order to restore your smile. You also have to address the possible development of TMJ problems, which can cause you to suffer headaches, as well as facial soreness, and jaw pain. A special mouth guard can stop you from grinding your teeth at night.
Cosmetic Dental Work Can Help Your Smile Recover After Dealing With Bruxism
Cosmetic dental work will help you regain your smile if you have minor damages that have built up because of bruxism. It may only take a single visit to make these corrections, thanks to dental bonding. Your dentist will apply composite resin, which can effectively hide chips and cracks.
Grinding Your Teeth? Let Dr. Roberson Know!
If you think you might be grinding your teeth at night, you should bring the matter up with your dentist. Dr. Roberson can help by supplying you with a special device that keeps your teeth safe while you sleep. This can protect you from dental damage, and from complications like TMJ dysfunction. To set an appointment at Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, or to learn more about our services, call our dental office in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808.